Out of India

Out of India : Selected Stories

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This collection contains 15 of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's favourite stories which she has selected from her four previous collections. They are all set in India, where the author has lived for most of her adult life.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140105190
  • 9780140105193

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From one of our Freest contemporary writers, a collection of 15 short stories personally selected by the author (all of which appeared in her four previous collections, now out of print). Jhabvala (not Indian herself) says in her Introduction: "India reacts very strongly on people. Some loathe it, some love it, most do both." That dichotomy is apparent thoughout this warm, quick, lively collection - in story after story, the plight of the Indians herein described is leavened by the author's almost sensuous love of the country. In "My First Marriage," a young woman describes falling in love with a charlatan, a kind of traveling holy man and bigamist, who finally leaves her, but not before pulling her mind out of a middle-class existence focusing mainly on tennis and tea parties. In the much darker (but still comic) "The Interview," a sensitive young man desperately in need of a job to support his wife and family finally has a chance at a civil-service position, but is so terrified at the interview that he bolts the room. And, in a story which moves beyond the boundaries of India (and is perhaps the best in the collection, "How I Became A Holy Mother"), a model falls in with a charismatic guru after leaving the fast track in London. Strong, deeply moving stories about a country and its people. As Kirkus wrote about Jhavbala's 1964 collection, Like Birds, Like Fishes: "No eye is keener, no ear more closely attuned to this universe, recreated in all its color. . .with a love compounded by irony." (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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